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Written by Kim Collins   
Monday, 14 May 2012 12:45


Atlanta, GA - Award winning feature film “Chasing the White Dragon” (CTWD) has signed a North American/Canada cable pay-per-view distribution deal, placing the movie in the homes of 19.6 million cable subscribers beginning May 8, 2012. Included cable carriers will be Verizon, Charter Communications, Mediacom, AT&T U-verse and Rogers Communications (Canada).

The film, which was filmed in Tupelo, Mississippi, depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users trapped in a torrent of violence, deceit, paranoia and passion. They must leap from the careening roller coaster or ride it to its nightmarish end.

“Though the story behind this film is fictional, it carries a tragic truth that many have experienced, including my extended family,” said Kathilynn Phillips, CTWD writer and director. “Crystal meth destroys you mentally, physically and socially. Even one hit of it causes birth defects. Anyone touched by the evils of crystal methamphetamine should watch this film. This drug continues to be a scourge on small town America regardless of our best efforts to stop it.”

“Chasing the White Dragon” is already available for purchase or rent as a digital download on iTunes, YouTube Rental and Amazon.com (DVD). It will soon be available on Snap.com, Hulu and Vudu.com.
This emotionally charged motion picture has won numerous awards such as Best Feature - Live Action in the 2011 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Best Feature Pocono Mountains 2009, Best Ensemble Cast First Glance Hollywood 2009 and First Place Best Screenplay 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

About the Film and Cast:

CTWD comes to life through powerful performances, stunning special effects and energizing music. This gripping, fast-paced tale depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users trapped in addiction known all to well to the millions of meth abusers worldwide.

Ryan Kennedy (The Invisible, Hunter, Whistler, V, Caprica) delivers a chilling performance as crystal meth cook, Ethan Duffey, obsessed with concocting ever more powerful forms of the drug. Seeing his fellow meth users as lab rats, he often finds cruel joy in manipulating them as they become desperate for his “special recipes”. Preston Vanderslice (Blonde Ambition, Transmorphers) explodes on the screen as Jesse, a long-time dealer and self-crowned leader of the group who holds the reigns through rage and intimidation. However, his control over the group and his mental state slowly unravel as he finds the drug overpowering him. In a moving performance by Learyn Wilde, Jesse's downtrodden girlfriend, Lindsay Butler, is caught between two equally unforgiving and tragic worlds, from which both she longs to break free. Up and coming country music artist Kree Harrison stars as Jasmine, Lindsay's closest friend and Ethan's former object of affection, but she is on the outside now struggling to get her life in order. Sixteen year-old Rud, portrayed by talented newcomer Matt Kimbrough, is trying to flee one world that has dealt him tragedy only to find himself in even more dire circumstances as his addiction deepens. In an extraordinary performance by Amanda Ward (Invasion of the Pod People, Freakshow, Van Helsing's Way of the Vampire), Paulina is a hard-core addict living outside the group who's frequently buying and begging dope from both Jesse and his fierce and violent competitor, Raul. Her addiction and associations drive her to ever more desperate circumstances culminating in an explosive confrontation with her demons. Also stars Austin Haley (Kings of Brooklyn, One Life to Live), Johnny McPhail (Ballast, Big Bad Love) and Samantha Welch.

This array of characters proves to be a dangerous mix and the events set in motion by a death and driven by the drug-inflicted deterioration of the group leads to its implosion. But, there is more than one way out.

About the Filmmakers:

CTWD is written and directed by Kathilynn Phillips (Kat Scratch Films - Atlanta) and co- produced by Austin Haley (Little Bo Productions- Mississippi) and Eric Springman. The team strives to create independent motion pictures with compelling and timely content of high production value. They have been recognized together and individually as they have and continue to achieve this goal.

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